Tag Archives: George Bernard Shaw

edwardian divide

Some disquieting similarities between the Edwardian Age, the flowering of capitalism in the era of Thorstein Veblen, running into the tide of modernism and consumer culture ; and today’s dawn of post modernism on the cusp of the service economy … Continue reading

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saint joan or the devil

Joan of Arc’s meteoric career. A saint of God as the Armagnacs generally held, or a child of the Devil, a witch, or at best a brazen imposter? Her trial and execution were only the beginning. In the centuries since, … Continue reading

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Judgements of Joan

Her trial and execution were only the beginning. In the centuries since, the Maid has continued to provoke anger and adoration, skpticism and awe… “You have heard the last of her,” says her Executioner to the Earl of Warwick in … Continue reading

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water of life

…Setting aside all the trivia about whisky, one can easily summarize the characteristics of this undeniably important fluid… Definition: A spirit distilled from malted barley or other grain- Oxford dictionary. Note that it is not described as “good to drink” … Continue reading

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prodigal radio: mercury in midtown

Orson Welles. The baggy trickster who scared the radio audience at 23, and in infuriated the Hearst empire at 25, with Citizen Kane. …In the mid 1930′s, America was still far down in the Depression; as a time for launching … Continue reading

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stand-off

It can be said that evolutionary theory is the centerpiece of modern Western thought, in fact of Western secular society, from economics, consumerism, the military, agriculture to parenting and politics. The appeal of linear progression, the basis for invidious comparison … Continue reading

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cockney: semantics and the glottal stop

Argot. Jargon. The charm and bane of the vernacular. If anyone is sensitive about accent, its the English. Accent being a key marking point of where to place the individual on the pecking order of a society ultra-conscious of class … Continue reading

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acknowledged silences

We are dealing with unavoidable traumatic effects; actual and not idealized fancified tragedies and catastrophes. We don’t need T.S. Eliot preaching how low we have sunk. It was the trial run of eugenics, Fabianism, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw and … Continue reading

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valor and horrors

This hardly a chicken soup story. Sometimes you come across things that confirms that bone in the throat sensation when we doubt the platitudes and rhetoric that the West values the sanctity of human life. Its a Fabian nightmare where … Continue reading

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distrusting the utopian prophets

Its an odd way to define oneself: a tory anarchist. Maybe for max Beerbohm it was a reaction to the times; a refuge in this tidal wave of elitist white racist socialism that was so popularized by the likes of … Continue reading

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